This Day In Baseball July 17

Debuts, Milestones, No Hitters, Rule Changes, Events, Birthdays, Deaths, and more on July 17th This Day In Baseball.

July 17, 1990, the Minnesota Twins become the first team to turn two triple plays in one game. Third baseman Gary Gaetti, second baseman Al Newman,
and first baseman Kent Hrbek are involved in both triple killings against the Boston Red Sox. The Twins still lose the game, 1-0, at Fenway Park.

July 17, 1974, Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals collects the 3,000th strikeout of his major league career. Gibson, who fans Cesar Geronimo of the Cincinnati Reds, becomes only the second major leaguer to reach the milestone.

July 17, 1961, Hall of Famer Ty Cobb dies at the age of 74. One of the greatest hitters of all-time, the “Georgia Peach” led the American League in batting 12 times. Cobb also reached the coveted .400 mark three times in his career. When he retired, Cobb held the all-time record for most hits, runs scored, RBI and highest career batting average.

July 17, 1941, New York Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio sees his hitting streak halted at 56 games by two Cleveland Indians pitchers, Al Smith and Jim Bagby. Third baseman Ken Keltner makes two great plays on hot smashes by DiMaggio, robbing the “Yankee Clipper” of hits each time. DiMaggio’s 56-game streak stands as the longest in major league history.

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